Driving Electric Vehicles in Nigeria

Driving Electric Vehicles in Nigeria
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As a virgin industry, EVs are starting to take off in the country.

With the global rising interest in driving Electric Vehicles (EVs) as one of the ways to mitigate the effect of climate change, interest has also surged in Nigeria despite doubts that it may not be suitable for the Nigerian market yet. A number of electric vehicle owners are in Nigeria boasting of cars such as Tesla and Hyundai Kona in parking lots. This is not surprising because the Federal Government of Nigeria has committed to achieving net-zero by 2060. Net zero is a target of completely negating the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity, which is to be achieved by reducing emissions and implementing methods of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Gas-powered and diesel-powered vehicles run on fossil fuels, which contribute to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that released into the atmosphere. With EVs in the picture, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is expected to start reducing. In Nigeria, the average Nigerian will expectedly doubt how possible and convenient it will be to drive an EV in the country. There is yet to be stable electricity supply in the country and terrible road infrastructure.

The user experience of EVs is customer satisfactory.

Despite these factors, the user experience of driving an EV is satisfactory to the customers. Jelani Aliyu, an automotive engineer and Director-General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), drives a Hyundai Kona in Abuja. He told the press that electric cars are smoother to drive than fossil-powered vehicles. Also, he said that he does not have to make stops to fill up his tank like other road users. The car requires less maintenance compared to petrol-powered cars. A local in Abuja also told the press that the aesthetics of his Tesla car is fantastic, and the dashboard display and other functions in the car are integrated with smartphone technology.

Additionally, EV drivers do not have to deal with local mechanics or worry about the challenges that combustion engines give. Also, for instance, Tesla vehicles are one of the most beautiful cars in the world. The cars are semi-automatic, depending on how well you can operate them. A Tesla car sets the steering wheel, mirrors, and car seats. It also automatically recognizes the owner when they are in the driver’s seat. These cars also come equipped with a great navigation system.

Driving EVs also have its own pros and cons.

While driving EVs makes life a lot easier, the price of these vehicles may be too steep for the average Nigerian. Currently, a Tesla Model X starts at $114,990. At black market rate, that is equal to about 80 million naira. The 2022 Tesla Model Y starts at $64,990, while a Model Y Performance model starts at $67,990. At black market rate, that is between 45 million naira and 48 million naira.

However, the 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric is a relatively affordable electric vehicle. It has an impressive range of 258 miles and is a great subcompact SUV. Its price starts at $33,550. That is about 23 million Naira at black market rate. In the same vein, despite the existence of a few charging stations available, adequate charging infrastructure is currently lacking in Nigeria. Of course, any EV owner can set up a home charging system if they do not have access to a dedicated charging station. But is electricity stable in the country?

This is a virgin industry that can be leveraged.

According to the producers of EVs, electric vehicles demand the same power that a home air conditioner or large refrigerator uses. So, a Tesla can charge to full capacity between 4 to 6 hours, while a Hyundai Kona can within 9 to 10 hours. A Tesla at full charge can cover a distance of between 360km and 560km. This industry is relatively new in Nigeria and can be leveraged by investors and stakeholders. They can establish charging stations in the country to start the process of meeting North America’s record of 100 EV charging companies and 300 globally. The Nigerian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Israeli and Japanese companies to commence assembling and manufacturing of electric vehicles in Nigeria. Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman of Innoson Motors, has also said his company will venture into the EV business when Nigeria is ready.


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Ask Nigeria
9 days ago

Driving Electric Vehicles in Nigeria – As a virgin industry, EVs are starting to take off in the country. – Express your point of view.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
8 days ago

Replacing the electric vehicle with vehicle that use fuel it will be easy to recharge the vehicle than using money to purchase fuel but a lot need to be done before starting the usage of the electric vehicle so it will be difficult to use and to purchase

DimOla
Member
8 days ago

As Nigeria is gearing towards achieving net-zero emission by 2060, it is possible for Nigeria to embrace the use of Electric vehicles and ways will be made available to solve the electrical problems.

SarahDiv
Member
8 days ago

The world is evolving so we are bound to change to electric vehicles as a Nigerian in a bit to achieve the net-zero emission by 2060. When start using the Electric vehicles alternative will be sought for to solve the epileptic electric situation of the country.

Adeolastan
Member
8 days ago

Apart from purchasing power of the vehicle to Nigeria citizens, lots of other factors will also com in like bad road,non regular or unavailability of electricity e.t.c

Ultra0711
Member
8 days ago

Nigeria lacks a reliable energy supply and transcendent infrastructure. Those who purchased an EV car simply find a way to access stable energy supply and not rely on the general supply

Bola12
Member
8 days ago

The electric vehicles are excessively expensive , just few of the population might be able to afford it, the should be able to produce the ones that are quyy it te affordable

Tolaniiii
Member
8 days ago

Electric vehicles would have been a better option if there is constant power supply in Nigeria, it would have help reduce the Cost of constantly fueling a vehicle

Christiana
Member
8 days ago

Electric vehicles seems like a good idea, but with the unreliable power supply we have in Nigeria it’s definitely not a good option

Adesanyaj72
Member
8 days ago

People don’t have the funds to afford electric cars in Nigeria, people are still struggling to put food on their table talk less of buying a car

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
8 days ago

Driving an electric automobile is significantly less jarring than driving a vehicle fuelled by fossil fuels. Additionally, he stated that in contrast to other drivers on the road, he is not required to get off the road to get his gas tank refilled.

Kazeem1
Member
8 days ago

If an electric vehicle owner does not have access to a public charging station, they can install a charging system in their own home. But how reliable is the electricity throughout the country?

Chibuzor
Member
8 days ago

The country does not yet have a reliable source of electricity and because it has poor road infrastructure, the use of electric automobiles in the country will not be successful.

Taiwoo
Member
8 days ago

It is reasonable to anticipate that the typical Nigerian will harbour scepticism over the practicability and accessibility of driving an electric vehicle (EV) in the country.

Tonerol10
Member
8 days ago

This is very cool and good innovation replacing fuel vehicle. More new things are coming up. We move smile🙂

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
8 days ago

In Nigeria, there are a number of electric vehicle owners who are proudly displaying their vehicles in parking lots, including Teslas and Hyundai Konas.

Hassan Isa
Member
8 days ago

Considering the growing interest in the use of electric vehicles all over the world as one of the strategies to reduce the negative effects of climate change:

theApr
Member
8 days ago

Although there are a few charging outlets, Nigeria currently lacks a suitable charging infrastructure. Of course, if they do not have access to a specialized charging station, any EV owner can install a home charging system. But is the nation’s electricity supply reliable? I just think we’re not there yet in terms of development.

Remi1
Member
8 days ago

Despite the existence of a few charging stations available, adequate charging infrastructure is currently lacking in Nigeria. Of course, any EV owner can set up a home charging system if they do not have access to a dedicated charging station. But is electricity stable in the country? I just feel we are not in that developmental space yet

Haykaylyon26
Member
8 days ago

It is nice and good innovation replacing the electric vehicle with vehicle that use fuel it will be easy to recharge the vehicle than using money to purchase fuel but a lot need to be done before starting the usage of the electric vehicle so it will be difficult to use and to purchase

Abusi
Member
8 days ago

Electric vehicles are actually going to be a good replacement for vehicles that use gas or fuel in the future. It will be easy to recharge the vehicles through electricity and not gas or fuel. With this, there will be a reduction in the usage of fuel and gases

jdpumping
Member
9 days ago

This is a welcome development because in order to save the climates due to emission of greenhouse gases that is affecting the environment so with the Advent of electric cars uses of gas has been reduced drastically though our road is not that good but it can still be used but the problem is the huge amount been paid to purchase an electric car.